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Man, 37, arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with Thurston fire

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in connection with a fire over the weekend off Cooper Point Road, according to Thurston County information.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman confirmed the suspect’s connection to the fire; a jail log shows his arrest.

About 8:30 a.m. Saturday, the McLane/Black Lake Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire in the 4100 block of Cooper Point Road Northwest.

After the fire was extinguished, fire crews found a woman in her 40s who had died.

“The circumstances surrounding the victim’s death were considered suspicious,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

In addition to first-degree murder, the suspect also was booked on suspicion of second-degree assault, tampering with evidence, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm and possession of a synthetic narcotic.

2 suspected homicides are under investigation in Thurston County, detectives say